March 17, 2008

Cotton Birds Cake Topper

Posted in Cakes, Centerpieces and Reception Decor at 1:57 pm by Jess

Cotton Bird Designs at Etsy!
I think these would make great cake toppers, and you would also be supporting the handmade scene. This artist is really talented. I wonder if the artist would consider custom making birds in a specific color of pattern, to match a couple’s theme?  The little legs are so cute, and the best part is that this cake topper would then become a decorative piece in your home afterwards, without looking like too wedding-cake-topperish. Know what I mean?
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February 29, 2008

DIY Menu Project

Posted in Budget Friendly Ideas, Centerpieces and Reception Decor, DIY Projects, Stationary at 12:47 pm by Jess

Individual menus on each place looks fabulous. They are an added detail that makes the table swoon with color and attention to detail. Here are a few that I enjoy immensely:

theknot.com

goodonpaperdesign.com

Dauphine Press

However, I am not making individual menus. Today I officially scratched that off of my list of things to do (which is now only four pages long) and it felt sooo good. Pick your battles people, and you lower the stress enormously.  We are having a buffet and even if we were plating dinner, it’s not like they actually get a choice. Plus, I’m concerned about using too much paper, and not being environmentally conscious. One friend told me wittily, “It is not like someone is going to make it all the way up to the buffet, grab his/her plate and then say ‘Daaaaamn, I just cannot choose! I must go back and look at my menu…'”

Instead of menu cards, I have done a DIY Buffet Menu Card Project. This way each food has its own label which will go in front of each serving vessel. They are large enough for everyone to read, and in our matching colors, for the grand total of 10 dollars.

Step 1: Buy small white frames from a store, I bought mine at IKEA at 2 dollars (I assume, I bought for 3 Francs a piece) for 2 frames.

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Step 2: Print your logo or monogram onto the reverse side of the paper insert

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Step 3: Taken from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Gild the Edges with a Paint Pen. You have to press the paper into the frame to find out if you have gilded in far enough as the frame covers the margins of the paper.

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Step 4: After allowing them time to dry, use another (Same or different color) pen to write the name of each menu item, 1 per frame.

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If you are not having a buffet, you could still incorporate this idea, and save a lot of paper by having ONE Frame, of a medium side, placed vertically on the table with the menu (either printed or DIY) inside. I promise, people will not mind passing it around if the tables are small, and if you have one long table, place a few of them in incremental distance.

February 26, 2008

Four Seasons Inspired

Posted in Centerpieces and Reception Decor at 5:01 pm by Jess

A girlfriend of mine and I are talking about doing a collective birthday celebration/gift at the day spa of the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris. I just went to their website to look at the options and found this photo, which I just had to share because I love the floral centerpieces! It’s chic and bright, yet casual all at once.

First of all, one normally wouldn’t think to pair such bright flowers with this tablecloth and yet it works great. I can see a wedding table with a few large vases, and each having its own color floral arrangement. And the gold bust in the center – Quelle Idée! I like it, totally unique.

February 21, 2008

Casual Outdoors

Posted in Budget Friendly Ideas, Centerpieces and Reception Decor at 7:34 am by Jess

These photos are meant to showcase a casual summer dinner setting, but for me they inspire thoughts of an outdoor wedding dinner. With just a little extension – maybe one vase of low-height flowers and a tablecloth that covered most of the table (but leaving some of that gorgeous wood to show on edges) this would be a beautiful, simple and budget-friendly reception table for an outdoor wedding.
Photos by Studio Dreyer Hensley