Dec 15, 2012

Emerald Green Bridal Earrings

Emerald green bridal earrings - why not try a color so fresh and fabulous?  These four lovely pairs have different, delicate styles and range from $18 to $44.  I want them all but my favorite (at bottom) is a pair of sterling silver earrings with brilliant faceted 18 x 13mm emerald Swarovski crystals.  The signature Swarovski sparkle in a shade of green so exquisite that represents elegance, beauty, and enhances our sense of well-being.  These exquisite Victorian style emerald earrings are slightly more than 1 1/2 inches long and are one of the most affordable of the group - at less than $30.


Dec 13, 2012

Eco-Friendly Favor Ideas

Here's an eco-friendly favor idea that is more than just colorful, cheap and charming. These plantable seed paper hearts, available in over thirty sweet colors from soft pink to pomegranate to royal purple to plum - are only eight cents each. Select a variety of colors or choose just one. These one inch hearts (100 for $13.00) make small but perfect thank you gifts that will bloom in a garden instead of taking up space in a landfill. And to leave an even smaller carbon footprint - if you choose the gray, they are made from recycled newspapers and if you select the brown, they are made from recycled grocery bags.

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Dec 9, 2012

Green Floral Wedding Cakes

Green floral wedding cakes - a refreshingly simple choice for your outdoor garden wedding in springtime or summer.  Did you know green is the color most commonly associated with freshness, hope, rebirth and renewal?  You might say all the things necessary to sustain a long and loving lifetime of fresh ideas, shared dreams and hope for a loving future. Why settle for anything less?

green and white wedding cake
white wedding cake with green flowers
sage green wedding cake
green woodland wedding cake
dogwood wedding cake
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Dec 1, 2012

Pink Peony Bridal Bouquets

With their lush, full, rounded bloom, pink peonies embody romance and prosperity and are ideal for a pink summertime bridal bouquet. Because they are at their most exquisite beauty in late spring or early summer, these gorgeous pink blossoms often symbolize female fertility and are highly regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.  What to pair with pink peonies?  The combination of pink roses, pink ranunculus, and pink peonies, especially in a tight, round shaped bouquet is stunning.  Look for peony bridal bouquets in lovely shades of pink, cream and white!

pink peony wedding bouquet

peach peony bouquet

bouquet of pink peonies

pink and white peony bouquet

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Nov 15, 2012

Father of the Bride Cufflinks

Want to see a grown man cry? That would be your first and favorite man-sized crush, your very own Dad, when you give him a set of these charming father of the bride cufflinks. At just $35 for the pair, these cuff links measure 19 mm or 3/4 of an inch in diameter. They are not engraved. Instead they are printed on silver leaf and set in silver plated cuff links. Each phrase, "I love you Dad" and "I'll always be your little girl" will steal his big heart away. You can purchase an upgraded gift box for a small extra fee. Everyone knows he'll pretend to give you away as is the custom. Celebrate his special love and devotion with these custom father of the bride cufflinks.

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Nov 12, 2012

Bridal Shower Cupcake Ideas

Easy and elegant - that's what I'm looking for in bridal shower cupcakes. Okay, I will invest a Saturday afternoon on cupcakes so sensational, friends and family are begging for them morning, noon and night. But it's no secret I'm a major fan of four ingredients or less. These remarkable red velvet cupcakes are made from a mix! One secret Oreo cookie is hiding at the bottom of each bite. To make the icing, put your Oreos (without the white filling) in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin before you add them to the homemade icing. Make the crumbs very fine or they'll get stuck in the tip of your piping bag.


Oct 29, 2012

Pink Bridal Luncheon Invitations

Pink bridal luncheon invitations - why do I always choose pink?  The light and lovely color of pastel pink symbolizes compassion, nurturing and love.  Pink is feminine and gentle, affectionate and intimate - all the loving qualities that make a small circle of well-loved friends cherish an afternoon spent in a pre-wedding celebration with hot chamomile tea and freshly baked chocolate cranberry scones.

Oct 24, 2012

Sunflower Wedding Invitations

You have so many options for these sunflower wedding invitations by ASweetLifeDesigns on Etsy, they really want your business! You can purchase invitations, save the date, RSVP and thank you cards - digital files only - or printed on rustic brown paper with matching envelopes. The sunflower themed invitation package shown here ($9.95) will include the names of the bride and groom, wedding date, time and location. Just for reference, the price for 100 (print and ship) invitations with matching thank you cards is slightly less than $200, which includes insurance and free shipping.

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DIY Wedding Cookie Buffets

Easy wedding cookie buffet ideas - that's what I'm always loving and looking for.  The cookies need to contain ingredients I use every day and the taste needs to thrill everyone from two to ninety-two.  Having said that, have you ever in your entire life met anyone who didn't love the taste of Reese's peanut butter cups?  You'll need a mini muffin pan to make this recipe and you definitely want to pop those peanut butter cups in the freezer before pressing the candy into the freshly baked cookie.

peanut butter cup cookies
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy is okay too)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 T milk
  • 40 miniature chocolate covered Reese's peanut butter cups, unwrapped
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

2.  Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

3.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.  Delicious and divine for your wedding cookie buffet!

Oct 23, 2012

Button Wedding Ideas

Beautiful buttons - those humble little wooden and plastic discs we dispatched to the bottom of the sewing box have come out of hiding and transformed themselves into beautiful button bouquets, boutonnieres, favors and centerpieces. Too bad we didn't scoop up all of Grandma's charming vintage buttons when we had the chance! See how easily you and I could create a one-of-a-kind button ring bearer pillow - as shown below - with a collection of brightly colored buttons in hot pink, blue, orange and lovely lime green.  Or choose buttons that match the season like copper, sage green, cinnamon and wine for a fall themed wedding.

Button Themed Wedding Favors 
Button Ring Bearer Pillow
Wrist corsage made of felt flowers with button centers.
Button centerpieces and bouquets.

Oct 22, 2012

Black and White Damask Favors

Looking for black and white damask favor ideas, especially for a bridal shower? These stylish cosmetic compacts features a stunning black-and-white damask design on the outside and one standard mirror and one magnifying mirror on the inside. Made of round, reinforced plastic with a silver-finish base and easy-snap closure, it will get years and years of use! Arrives thoughtfully packaged in a black organza bag with a black satin drawstring and matching damask "For You" tag.

Black and White Damask Compact Mirror

Damask Heart-Shaped Soap Favors

Damask Manicure Sets

Damask Favor Bags

Black and White Damask Glass Tealight Holders

Peacock Bridal Hair Clip

Having a peacock themed wedding?  Today I found an amazingly beautiful peacock hair clip with a combination of bright turquoise, bronze and brilliant blue peacock feathers, a touch of Russian netting and curly iridescent plumes accented with a stunning rhinestone jewel at the center (your choice of silver/pearl, gold/pearl, silver/crystal, gold/crystal and many more). This headpiece is a 4.5 x 5.5 inches and has an alligator clip for secure hold and easy positioning. This peacock inspired headpiece - a best seller on Etsy - sells for $64.00 plus $6.50 for shipping. 


Mason Jar Bridal Shower Invitations

Mason jar wedding ideas - who would have thought those dependable glass jars could be used as rustic seating charts, drinking cups and wedding favors all in one.  But they do, and can do an amazing makeover by being spray painted, dipped in glitter, wrapped in twine, burlap and lace.  At your next cozy get-together consider mason jar centerpieces and signature drinks (lemonade, limeade, or frozen strawberry margaritas served in mason jars - perfect for an outdoor brunch!

Oct 19, 2012

Romantic First Dance Wedding Songs

Did you have a romantic first dance wedding song? Or did you let cute and quirky be your guide? I still don't know why my lovely daughter Danielle chose Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" to dance with her adoring Dad, but the two of them loved the lyrics so well, who was I to rain on their parade. "At Last" released by Etta James in 1960 appears to be one of the most popular first dance songs in America, followed closely by Frank Sinatra's soulful ballad, "The Way You Look Tonight." 

Oh yeah yeah
You smiled, you smiled
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine...

At Last

mother and son first dance

  • At Last     Etta James
  • The Way You Look Tonight     Frank Sinatra
  • Can't Help Falling In Love     Elvis Presley
  • Amazed     Lonestar
  • It Had To Be You     Harry Connick Jr.
  • In My Life     Beatles
  • From This Moment On     Shania Twain
  • Here and Now     Luther Vandross
  • Love Me Tender     Elvis Presley
  • Endless Love     Dianna Ross and Lionel Richie
  • Unforgettable     Nat King Cole
  • Thank You For Loving Me     Bon Jovi
  • There You'll Be     Faith Hill
  • My Valentine     Paul McCartney
  • You and I     Stevie Wonder
  • Come Away With Me     Norah Jones
  • I Only Have Eyes For You     The Flamingoes
  • You Are My First, My Last, My Everything     Barry White
  • You Are So Beautiful     Joe Cocker
  • Grow Old With Me     Mary Chapin Carpenter
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Oct 18, 2012

Birdcage Veils - 3 Stunning Styles!

Birdcage veils - pin one of these 1940s vintage style veils on the crown of your head or on the side for a completely different look.  My favorite?  This polka dot birdcage veil makes my heart sing! Made with high quality ivory tulle with charming white polka dots.  The veil (also available in white) is finished on a small gold plated comb and comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.


Oct 15, 2012

Rustic Save the Date Postcards

Rustic save the date postcards - a gentle reminder not to make any plans for the September, October or November day when we give ourselves freely to one another, without reservation for the rest of our lives. We need you there to witness our sweet celebration and sip hot apple cider under the red sugar maples and the star-shaped leaves of the sweetgum trees. Come and be with us this very cherished day and give us the beautiful blessing that is only yours to give.