DIY Pumpkin Place Cards

>> September 30, 2010

I LOVE Twig and Thistle Blog with all their diy projects and great ideas! Well here is one of my favorites...


1. Download and print the Leaf Template onto green card stock, then cut out using scissors or an x-acto knife.
2. Take a length of floral wire and wrap it around a pencil, slide it off and stretch it out a bit to make it look like a vine.
3. Tape one end of the wire to the back of the paper leaf and wrap middle of the wire around the stem of the pumpkin. Enjoy!

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Place Cards

Seating Markers


Poppy Inspiration

>> September 22, 2010

Poppy Wedding


Camping Theme

>> September 21, 2010

Camping wedding


Fall Centerpiece

>> September 20, 2010

So beautiful! Perfect for showers, birthdays, weddings, or just a dinner party!


Art Inspired

>> September 19, 2010

Great cakes from inspired by art!



Floral Shapes

>> September 18, 2010



{diy} Hot Cocoa Mix Favors

>> September 17, 2010


large tub or bowl
1 lb. cocoa (4 c.)
2 lbs. granulated sugar (4 c.)
6 lbs. dry milk (15 c.)
1 tsp. salt
small plastic zip-top bag
muslin parts bags
iron-on transfer paper
inkjet printer
small printed cocoa instructions note

1. Sift cocoa, if necessary. Mix with sugar, dry milk and salt.

2. Transfer one scoop of the mixture into a small plastic bag and seal with a tie.

3. Design and print an image to transfer to a computer and inkjet printer. Reverse any text, if necessary, as indicated on the transfer paper instructions. Trim the edges of the transfer, if needed. Following transfer paper instructions, iron the design on the front of the parts bag.

4. Fill the parts bag with the bag of cocoa and attach an instructions tag. The tag should read: Add the cocoa mixture (in this bag) to one cup of hot water, stir and enjoy. Tie the strings into a bow.


National Play Doh Day

>> September 16, 2010

For National Play Doh Day here is a great tip for your partites. Sometimes it is hard to find ways to make your signs stand up and in the wind especially. Well just buy some of the small individual play doh packs and use those! Cheap and fun. You can even give them away as the favors at the end of the party!


{diy} Paper Petal Cones

>> September 15, 2010

Materials and Tools:

Self-healing cutting mat
¼" wide satin ribbon
1/8" diameter single hole punch
Anna Griffin decorative paper (12" x 12")
Double-sided adhesive tape
Sticker paperCraft knife
Clear rubber stamp
Gold stamping ink
Laser printer
Petal fillings – rose petals, lavender, candy-covered almonds

Print petal cone template onto blank side of decorate 12" x 12" paper; alternately, 8-1/2" x 11" paper can be used.

Cut along solid lines of template using a craft knife or scissors. Next, use stylus to score the dotted lines. Use a ruler as a guide.

Use 1/8" single hole punch to punch two holes as indicated on pattern. Thread ribbon through holes and knot both ends on the plain side of paper.

Apply double-sided adhesive tape on dotted lines, then fold the 90-degree corner of the paper towards the dotted line. Do not crease folded edge of paper.

Roll the paper twice until the roll meets the vertical dotted line.

Fold remaining flap of paper around the cone and press lightly to seal the adhesive.

Print the gold circle template onto sticker paper. Ink personalized monogrammed rubber stamp with gold stamping ink and press into the center of the circles.

Peel stamped sticker from paper and adhere to the cone. Fill cone with your choice of rose petals, lavender or candy-covered almonds. Fold the top flaps over to seal.

Hang the cones on the back of each guest's chair


Orange Theme

Orange Wedding


{inspire} Fall

Fall Weddings


{tip} Picking Your Bridesmaids

>> September 14, 2010

Stressing over which friends and/or relatives will be bridesmaids? Choosing the bridal party is no laughing matter. Scan these deciding factors, and the selection process will be a breeze.

How Many Maids?
One of the first things to consider when selecting your bridal party is how many guests you're planning to invite. While bridal parties can range anywhere from a single maid/matron of honor to more than a dozen attendants, most wedding experts agree that a good rule of thumb is to have one groomsman and one corresponding bridesmaid for every 50 guests. (This doesn't mean, though, that you have to go ask a stranger to be in your wedding just because your fiance has one more attendant than you do. Life will go on if you have uneven numbers of groomsmen and bridesmaids.) Also, a large wedding party traditionally signifies a formal wedding. So if you're planning a small, intimate gathering, ten bridesmaids might be a bit too much.

More isn't Merrier
Speaking of size, remember that the more bridesmaids you have, the greater the potential for complications. In other words, you'll need to get more people to agree on a dress or decide on a bridal shower date. And if you're on a limited budget, think about who has to pay for all those bridesmaids bouquets. That's right -- you.

Blood is Thicker Than Water
If you're close to your sister or future sister-in-law, the thought of not including them in your wedding party probably never even occurred to you. But if you suffer from a serious Jan Brady complex, the thought of asking your sister (or sister-in-law) to be a bridesmaid probably ranks right up there with getting a football in the nose. Still, it's usually worth including family members just to avoid unnecessary conflict. Think of it as having more bargaining power when you're battling with your mom over the guest list.

No Backsies
You don't need to ask someone to be in your wedding just because she asked you to be in her wedding. Don't ask the college roommate you haven't spoken to in five years just to return the favor. Weddings are no time for quid pro quo. Period.

Location, Location
What do you expect from your bridesmaids? Will simple moral support suffice, or do you expect them to be your personal Pollyannas, addressing wedding invitations and tying tiny ribbons around your wedding favors? If it's the latter, think twice about asking friends who live far away or who have extremely hectic schedules. You don't want to find yourself getting frustrated with a friend you knew wouldn't be able to give you all the help you wanted.

Don't Assume
Try not to make hasty assumptions. Don't write off some friends simply because you think they don't have enough money to afford that Vera Wang bridesmaid dress you have your eye on. If you want to ask a friend whom you know is having financial difficulties, you can always say something like, "I'd love for you to be a bridesmaid, but I understand the tough time you're going through now. If you can't do it, I'd love to find something else for you to do in the wedding." (Or, you can offer to pay her way if you can't stand the idea of her not being in the wedding.)

Guys Count
A bridesmaid doesn't have to be a woman. Despite the prevalence of feminine pronouns in this guide, if your best friend is a guy, there's no reason why he can't be in your wedding. Today, many brides (and grooms) are including members of the opposite sex as attendants. In these cases, a man on the bride's side is simply called an attendant or bridesman, while a woman on the groom's side can be called an attendant or a groomswoman.

Other Honors
Still stuck? Keep in mind that there are plenty of other roles good friends can play in your wedding if they don't make the cut -- do a reading, hand out programs, or perform a song.

Spread the News
Once you make up your mind about your bridesmaids, you'll want to get the word out. The only thing worse than a coworker who thinks she's invited to your wedding is a friend who assumes she's going to be a bridesmaid. If you're afraid of hurting someone's feelings, remember that, as cliched as it sounds, any true friend will understand whatever decision you ultimately make. And finally, the sooner you make your decision, the sooner you get to check off one more box on your endless wedding checklist.

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National Fortune Cookie Day

>> September 13, 2010

In honor of National Fortune Cookie Day here is a great babyshower favor from beau-coop!

Their hottest party favor this season, these tastefully decorated fortune cookies are personalized for each event. Fortune cookies are not only delicious, but a fun and original idea for corporate parties, weddings, banquets and other celebrations. Hand them out to your guests as they depart for the evening or serve them as desserts—your friends and family will be impressed by your creativity! Cookies are made from the finest ingredients and hand dipped in milk chocolate and decorated with tiny sprinkles or a single heart. You can customize the colors of both the chocolate base and the decoration. Cookies arrive individually wrapped and sealed in clear cello bags.

Imprinting: Each fortune is printed with up to 3 lines of text, 35 characters per line. There is a $40.00 typesetting charge for personalizing the fortune. You can have multiple fortunes, but each additional fortune will be subject to a $40.00 typesetting charge. For example, if you decide to have three different fortunes, you will be charged a total of $120.00 in typesetting fees.


Pear Theme

>> September 12, 2010



National Chocolate Milk Shake Day

1 c. vanilla or chocolate ice cream
1/4 c. milk
2 tbsp. chocolate sauce

In blender combine all ingredients. Mix at low speed until smooth. For malted milk shake add 1 tablespoon malted milk. Makes 1 serving.


Fall Party

>> September 8, 2010

pumpkin party


Fall Inspirations

>> September 7, 2010



I {heart} Fall

I know it is technically still summer but here in Seattle you would never know with the grey skies and rainy mornings we have been having. I personally love fall and winter when its cold, rainy, and you get to rock your rain boots!
So I am officially kicking off my inspiration boards for fall now!! Hope you like!


Bunt Cake

I worked with a mom and bride on a wedding last month in Olympia and they had a million diy parts to the day. One thing I had never seen before was different bunt cakes on the tables as decor and then removed and cut for the cake.

The mother of the bride made them all and added fresh berries and powdered sugar to complete the look. They were served by the slice with a sauce and berries. So yummy and so beautiful!


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