Feb 27, 2014

Spring Wedding Centerpieces

These are my favorite spring wedding centerpieces and some are deceptively easy to recreate.  Creamy white roses, berries and blooms look right at home cuddled up in a turquoise glass Mason Jar.  Lovely, large lavender and deep purple roses are exquisite in a vintage sterling silver coffee pot.  A large, round terra cotta tray holds a tall pillar with fresh lemons and limes and scattered white daisies - perfect for an afternoon spring or summer wedding.  What are the most popular spring flowers?  Tulips are the most affordable, followed by sweet peas, roses and gerbera daisies.  Pink, violet and blue hydrangea, cala lilies, and ranunculus are precious...for a slightly higher price.

tulip wedding centerpiece

Mason Jar wedding centerpieces

Feb 20, 2014

Lovely Pink Floral Headpieces

Enchantingly beautiful pink floral headpieces - here shown with a single or double wreath of pale pink cherry blossoms, creamy silk hydrangeas with pearl centers, and pip berries in various shades of white, pink blue and mint green.  All of these fairy-like flowers lovingly weaved asymmetrically on a twisty vine wreath.  How much are they worth?  Most of these whimsical woodland style headpieces will cost you between $85 to $110 and would be exquisite for a spring or outdoor garden wedding.  Some have ivory ribbon ties at back and are made to fit a 20 to 23 inch head best - but smaller and larger sizes can be easily accommodated. 

pink woodland headpiece
spring floral headpiece
mauve floral bridal headpiece
wreath with spring flowers

Feb 19, 2014

Purple Lace Wedding Banner

This purple wedding banner has twelve flags with a lovely lace inspired design and detailed scalloped edges in purple, lilac and cream - finished off with a satin bias tape in dark wine. It was made out of cotton fabric, available under fifty dollars and measured about 9 feet, 10 inches long. As is the case for many items I try to feature from Etsy, this particular Mexican style wedding banner (also known as Papel Picado) is currently not listed. But many other artisans are selling beautiful fiesta banners similar to these.

Feb 18, 2014

Personalized Tea Bag Favors

Personalized tea bag favors - will they be well loved?   Let's put it this way, if you counted up all the coffee, hot chocolate, Pepsi, Coke, wine, whiskey - all things high and low on liquor store shelves (consumed by people in one year's time) it would still be less than the amount of tea enjoyed by tea lovers everywhere.  A soothing cup of hot tea helps put the brakes on our too-busy lives.  And here in America we like it ice cold too - 80% of the time.  I love to give (and receive) tea bag favors and here's why:
  • Tea bags are affordable yet stylish.  The favors featured here sell for about $1.00 each and yet are elegantly dressed up with these 3 styles:  Exclusive (Chalkboard, Mason Jar, Floral, Cupcake, Seashells, and Snowflakes), Classic (Cherry Blossom, Bride and Groom, Paris, Birds in Love, and Beach Chairs), and Monogram (Antique Cameo, Modern Diamond and Victorian Lace).
  • Everyone loves to drink tea.  We're not as turned on about tea as the Irish - who savor a strong, hot cup about 6 times a day - but we have been sipping this savory brew since 1907, when an American tea merchant named Thomas Sullivan began handing out samples of his tea in small, Chinese silk bags with handy drawstrings attached.
  • Health benefits of tea - too many to count!  Not only has tea been proven to have heart-healthy benefits, it also helps protect you from a range of super scary cancers.  And did you know drinking tea is good for your lungs?  It contains trace amounts of theophylline - a life saving medicine for asthmatics that helps relax the bronchial muscles and make breathing easier.
  • Tea leaves are good for the planet!  No waste, no worry, no plastic to fill up our landfills.  If you enjoy a cup of tea brewed with loose leaves or even a tea bag, these are terrific sources of rich nitrogen for your compost pile.
beach theme tea bag favors
Summer Sand Tea Bags
bridal shower tea bag favors
Classic Edition Tea Bags

Feb 16, 2014

Cranberry Spinach Salad

This crunchy cranberry spinach salad has it all - only 10 minutes to prepare, low calorie and delicious, and visually beautiful for your next bridal luncheon or shower. To make this salad even easier to prepare use Craisins (or store brand dried cranberries - just as tasty) and Paul Newman's balsamic vinaigrette instead of making your own dressing.  Toasted pine nuts (10 minutes in 350 oven - no butter) are a great substitute for almonds and skip the onions if one of your friends isn't a big fan.  An added container of crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese may make this easy spinach salad one of your most well-loved recipes.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup almonds, slivered
  • 1 pound spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (350 degrees for 10 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1.  In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir almonds in butter until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, and vegetable oil. Toss with spinach just before serving.

3.  In a beautiful large bowl, combine the spinach with the toasted almonds and cranberries.

Lace Fondant Wedding Cakes

Today my eyes lovingly landed on these lace fondant wedding cakes purely by accident.  Makes me want to relocate to mid west England to purchase one of these breathtakingly beautiful custom wedding cakes from Cotton & Crumbs. Established in 2008 by cake designer Tracy James, she has created a widely recognized, award winning cake company serving the West and East Midlands, Warwickshire and Staffordshire - sadly enough way far away from America the Beautiful.  You wouldn't expect a cake designer so celebrated to invite you into her home for a chit chat and no obligation consultation - the type of sweet personal service that every bride would love to get.

lace wedding cake
white lace wedding cakes
vintage lace wedding cake
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Feb 13, 2014

Diamond Shaped Wedding Favor Tags

Diamond shaped wedding favor tags - dress up your little white boxes, mini organza or burlap drawstring bags with a sophisticated style tag that suits your colors and personality for a little more than $1.00 each.  Shown here are a few of the themes close to my heart but you can also choose from:  Bella, Bordeaux, Casablanca, Fifth Avenue, Filigree, Luxe, Renaissance, Rococo, Rustic, Summer Garden and many, many more (36 themes for the 1.25 inch size and 12 themes for the 2 inch squares).  With names, wedding date or a special loving "thank you" message, these diamond shaped tags turn an ordinary white box into a tiny little treasure.

"French Market" Gift Tags
"Poppy" Diamond Gift Bags
"Candystripes" Gift Tags
"Astor" Diamond Gift Tags

Feb 12, 2014

Photo Memorial Boutonniere Charm

Memorial boutonniere charms - what a wonderful and unique way to honor a loved one on the most joyful day of your life.  Perfect for mother, father, grandmother, grandfather or any cherished friend who is in your heart and on your mind today and everyday.  For less than $20 you can choose a favorite photograph that will be sealed inside a 1" x 1" glass tile with a silver plated setting.  A two inch silver kilt pin attaches the memorial charm to the grooms lapel just under the boutonniere.


Feb 11, 2014

Groomsmen Gift Idea - Guinness Beer Soap

Lather responsibly! This 4.5 oz. Guinness beer soap creates lots of creamy, foamy bubbles that will soothe and soften his dry and irritated skin. A great gift for your Guinness beer loving groomsmen at only $6.00 each. This is a very man-friendly fragrance, combining the aroma of Guinness Extra Stout with a vanilla twist. These handmade soaps for men have healthy herbal ingredients - moisturizing oils his skin will love - olive (loaded with antioxidants), palm, soybean, sunflower and coconut oils, cocoa butter, shea butter, as well as Guinness Extra Stout Beer and cocoa powder. Guinness - a hearty and well loved Irish drink, and now a handsomely packaged moisturizer for men.
  • Jameson Java Handmade Soap - A 4.5 oz bar with notes of vanilla and Jameson Irish whiskey, this scent is a perfect balance of spicey and sweet.
  • Killian's Irish Red Beer Soap - This is a unique fragrance, combining the aroma of Killian's Irish Red with a lemon twist.  A fresh, citrus with juniper berries and woodsy notes of vetiver (a fragrant grass native to India).
  • Guinness Gift Set - Beer Soap & Lip Balm - This groomsmen gift set includes one bar of Guinness Extra Stout Beer Soap PLUS one Guinness Extra Stout Vanilla Lip Balm tucked together in a black fishnet gift bag - labeled and all ready for wedding day gift giving.
Guinness beer soap

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Feb 4, 2014

Wedding Thank You Postcards

You want to say "thank you" in a very big way. One more chance for everyone to remember the way he tenderly rested his head on your shoulder, held your face in his hands. Moments. I love these wedding thank you postcards because those magical moments in time can be collected into a lovely keepsake collage. How soon to write those thank you notes? Usually within a month from the time you receive a gift. Let them know, "Our new Hamilton Beach Quesadilla Maker is just what we wanted since we both love Mexican food." And remember to pace yourself, because writing thoughtful words should be a joy, not a job. Give family and friends and your old soccer coach, one more sweet moment to know how grateful you really are.

Feb 3, 2014

Bohemian Inspired Wedding Dresses

Bohemian inspired wedding dresses - by relatively new French designer Laure de Sagazan. Boho, breathtaking and beautiful. Laure launched her collection only last year after being begged by a cousin for a unique and unforgettable handmade wedding dress. The result - an effortless style that mixes breezy bohemian, a touch of rock 'n roll and sensual sophistication. In other words, you won't see any of the things you've seen so many times before - gathered tulle skirts, richly beaded bodices, metallic embroidery and corset closures. Her vision is like a breath of fresh air to non-traditional brides who love her unpolished elegance and signature lace separates.

bohemian wedding dress
bohemian style wedding gown
Laure de Sagazan wedding dress

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