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.

Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Many of these winter wedding centerpieces can and should created with discount candles you accumulate (with your 50 percent off craft store coupons) all year long. And other eco-friendly items such as branches of fragrant pine, spruce and evergreen may be as close as your own back yard. And what about bags of fresh cranberries - sold every year from September through December? Because I love these beautiful red berries that can be stored in your refrigerator for one month and frozen up to one year - here are my favorite cranberry centerpiece ideas.


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