Camp Corrigan – A Camping Style Themed Birthday Party

IMG_1272 Looking for a fun way to celebrate an upcoming birthday, whether it be your kids or an outdoor enthusiast? Doreen, mother of twins Finn & Reese pulled off a perfect celebration. This camping themed birthday party with its watercolor stationery, personalized handmade teepees and oh-so-sweet looking desserts is just too cute not to share. We highlighted a few of our must-have birthday party essential items to pull off this rustic camping themed birthday.

A rustic flair was added to this food and drink station using our Eco-friendly utensils.

These adorable milk bottles filled up with a favorite beverage and a cute paper straw doubles as a perfect refreshing gift for everyone.

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Can’t go to the forest, but you can bring the forest to you with these rustic wood pencils. These pencils were the perfect find to help the kids on their scavenger hunt.

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Credits:

Original Concept & Imagery – Doreen Corrigan

Paper Teepees – Studio M Limited

Stationery – Cake and Flower Paper

Banner and Cake Topper – PARTYsimplified

Food and Baked Goods – Caroline with Caroline’s Kitchen Table

Décor and Party Essentials– Weddingstar

Balloons – American Balloon Company

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Real Wedding: Ashley & Peter’s Wedding

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Meet Ashley and Peter! They tied the knot July 30, 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida. We just love the soft pinks and beautiful florals this wedding had to offer. So take a peek at this couple’s wedding day journey. From getting ready, to a beautiful ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica and finishing off with a romantic getaway in a horse drawn carriage ride. Enjoy!!

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Coordinator: Andrea Famiglietti, Coastal Celebrations
Caterer: Davoli’s, Fred
Florist: Jade Violet
Baker: Sweet by Holly
Band: The Rivertown Band, Leslie
Ceremony Music: Music by Peggie,
Photographer/photobooth: Brooke Images
Videographer: Launch Pad, Bobby
Brides Hair: Laura Gamel, (MOH)
Hair: Mantra Salon, Ginger
Formal Exit: St. Augustine Carriages

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Our Must Have Planning Checklist

You’ve made the to do list . . . we’ve got the must haves. Here’s a quick checklist of our favorite items this season to help you during your planning process. From gifts to party essentials we have got it all laid out for you in a monthly checklist.

12 Months – Just Engaged

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6-8 Months

4-5 Months – Halfway to Hooray!

3 Months

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1 Month – Crunch Time

For a downloadable version of this checklist, click here.

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How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2

You’ve got the ring and now it’s time to plan the perfect party. A few weeks ago we provided you with a few décor tips to get your engagement party planning started. If you missed our previous post click here.  This week we continue to look at inspiring the fun, little details to make an unforgettable celebration.

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Grab A Prop & Strike A Pose

We love big balloons, really big balloons. These jumbo “Mr” & “Mrs” balloons make perfect props for engagement or wedding pics, plus can double as impressive décor.

Cheers Darling

Bring on the bubbly. Whether in celebration of your engagement, wedding shower or after-party, personalized cocktails or craft brews add instant personality. For a littler extra sparkle, accent your drinks with diamond ring shaped ice cubes (seriously- at least 10 carats each) and sprinkle with edible glitter. Don’t forget some paper coasters, custom foiled just for you.

Party Games

Give your guests a take home favor that will up the ante. Eye catching personalized cards are always a great bet.

Party Favors

Every party needs favors and this is no exception. Available in all shapes and sizes do your friends a favor or even two!

Camera Ready

Disposable cameras make a fun addition to guest tables and can capture some memorable moments too. Invite your friends and family to snap away, you could be amazed at what you missed.

Dance Like Nobody’s Business

Even your hair and make-up prep can be photo op ready. Cover up with these “boyfriend” inspired button down bridal shirts for a polished yet relaxed look that is sure to inspire some “Risky Business-esque” high jinks. Get ready to have some fun.

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Sip It Your Way

It’s your party, make it all about you. Signature drinks are a great way to make a big statement. Here are some of our fave ways to have your guests sipping in style.

The Champagne Pop

Pop! Fizz . . . and more fizz! Here’s a fun twist on a classic sip. To create this look all you need is a personalized flute filled with your favorite champagne. Garnish with a fun flavored rock candy and some metallic gold and pink ribbon and let the festivities begin.

The Straight Shot

For the daring (fun, loud, awesome) couple, the Straight Shot is a straight shooter. Fill this personalized shoot glass with Vodka and top with a slice of tangy grapefruit and you’ve got yourself a straight shot drink.

The Coconut Kiss

Serve up a tropical delight in these sleek stemless flutes. Besides, cracking into those natural coconuts is definitely no walk on the beach. Fill flutes up with coconut martini and rim with some sweet coconut flakes and you have created your own tropical paradise.

The White Wedding

Simple yet sophisticated, your favorite chardonnay served in a stemless wine glass never goes out of style. But personalized just for you, that’s the piece de resistance! (Translation- the best!)

The Love Potion

With it’s creamy, dreamy flavor here is a seductive shooter your guests will find difficult to resist. The name says it all perfectly. With a dash of strawberry cream shooter and a pinch of candy for garnish you have the perfect recipe to go along with this tall shot glass.

The Red Romance

Nothing says “Best Day Ever” quite like this classic charmer. Tall, shapely and pretty all over, here’s a little number that is sure to get your guests talking. You can add a little romance to any event, with this personalized Twisted Stem Flute filled with grapefruit mimosa and garnished with a slice of grapefruit.

Can’t choose just one? Mix and match for a fun look.

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How To Add A Touch Of Winter To Your Wedding

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We can feel the chill in the air, which means Winter is almost upon us. With winter comes a magical winter wonderland just around the corner. Dressing up your décor for the occasion can be simple and today we are talking about how to add the perfect winter touches to your wedding décor.

Keep it simple.

Let the white of winter inspire your décor and stick to white and neutral tones. Add pops of winter greenery to really compliment the season.

Let it Sparkle

Try adding a bit of silver to your décor for that extra little holiday sparkle. Tis the season to give, so why not give your guests some extra bling this season with these cute silver diamond favor boxes.

Comfy And Cozy

 Winter is all about the warm & cozy, so why not implement this into your wedding décor. Knit patterns are a cute way to add the warmth of the season into your décor.

Warm up your guests with hot chocolate served in personalized mugs that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Add some candles to warm up the place from the chilly winter air and to add a bit of romance to your atmosphere.

From the Earth

Adding elements from nature can add that finishing touch to your décor. Antlers, pinecones, tree branches or earthy evergreens create a whimsical woodsy outdoor feel to your winter décor without being outdoors.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

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Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

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Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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credits:
Flowers- Periwinkle Flowers, Photography- Attakat, Hand Lettering- Love Lettering, Creative Styling- Lorrie Everitt, Location-The Warehouse Event Venue, Wedding Cake and Baked Goods-Cakelaine, Vintage Tableware- The Perfect Table

 

Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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Decorative Chalkboards With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

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Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel

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Looking for the perfect way to combine your passion for travel into your wedding décor? Our Ambassador, Leona Morelock has done just that. She takes travel inspired wedding decor to a whole new level in this shoot. Use Leona’s suggested … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Candy Bar

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Looking for something sweet to treat your guests with? Candy bars are a great way to help celebrate your big day. The pop of color, design and of course the tasty treats make it a fun addition to any wedding. They are also a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. Use these tips to help create your own Candy Bar that your guests are sure to enjoy!

Stage Your Candy Bar!

It is all about presentation! Stage your table with containers of various heights, tallest at the back for easy access to all items on the table. By using large, clear jars to display your candy, it makes it effortless for your guests to scoop the sweet treats. Trays for smaller candy can be put in front to vary your Candy Bar décor and give it that extra little touch.

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Pick Your Treats!

Choose a variety of candy types such as bulk and individually packaged candy. Have grab n’ go items available. Some of our favorite options are filled mini gumball machines and chocolate bars. Want to make it your own? Pick candy colors and types to match your theme or personality.

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Takeaways

Having favor boxes or containers available is a must! This allows your guests to take as much or as little candy as they want. Your guests can also take a treat home for later to remember the occasion. Make it even more special by customizing the container with a personalized label or tag.

It’s All In The Details!

Incorporating signage on your table can help your guests pick and choose with ease. Don’t forget the scoops and napkins to avoid those sticky fingers. Personalize the napkins with a unique message to your guests.

Use these sweet tips and you’re sure to create a personalized Candy Bar that your guests will love!

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