DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Party Essentials

summer party essentials

The official start of summer is just less than a week away (enter excited squeal here) and we know exactly how to pass the time between now and the first day of our absolute favourite season…spend every second planning and preparing to make sure we’re summer party ready! We’re organizing our fun in the sun sippers, polishing our sunnies, and lining up our absolute must-have summertime soiree accessories.  And each and every one of them is spot on perfect for just about any al fresco affair. Here’s the rundown of our sunny season party essentials.

1. Let’s Party

Let your signage say it all. Clever personalized and printed accessories let your guests know exactly what’s on the agenda.

2. Bottom’s Up

Refreshments are key at any summer soiree. And so are super cute printed glasses, striped straws in the perfect shade of pink, and vintage glass bottles {tucked away in pretty cooler bags} that keep the refills coming.

printed glassware

personalized beer can shaped glass

cooler bag details

vintage water bottle

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vintage water bottle

3. Fun in the Sun Gotta Haves

They’re sun-smart. They’re cute. They’re everything you need to have fun in the sun safely.

favour sunglasses

aqueous design lip balm

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Ask Your Mates – Vegas Style

groomsmen-gift-bag

Listen up guys. This ones for you! Today we’re talking the ultimate way to ask your best mates to stand by your side as your groomsmen. And it all boils down to one amazing thing….Vegas baby! Give them no option but to say “heck ya!” after spoiling your boys with a weekend of fun. Plan out the festivities, arrange for the travel specifics (no one’s expecting you to foot the bill but arranging the details will earn you mega points), and as a special token of your friendship, send them packing with a few necessities for a weekend in Vegas. Here’s everything you need for the ultimate guy’s goodie bag.

Go Big or Go Home

The only way to do Vegas right is to go all out. Set the right party tone with a personalized, supersized, growler.

personalized growler

 

Travel in Style

You don’t need much for a weekend in Vegas. But what you do take needs to be on point, like this simple and sleek weekender bag.

personalized weekender bag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Pull Off a Modern Minimalist Wedding

modern minimalist wedding design how-to

There’s something to be said about adhering to the old “less is more” concept when designing a wedding. Certainly if it’s a modern look you’re after, the minimalist approach is the way to go. But minimalist need not mean basic. It’s the exact opposite. When it’s only choice items you decide to incorporate into your day, each one of your selected pieces should be spot on in matching the particular aesthetic you’re going after. Not sure where to start? No worries. We got you! Here’s a look at what you need to pull off modern minimalism to perfection.

Pretty and Polished

Playing with metal finishes and metallic shades is always a good idea when you’re looking to create a contemporary design. They instantly provide for the sleek finish a modern day style calls for.

silver ombre champagne flute

personalized hip flask

personalized black onyx cake serving set

White and Bright

Bring in a sense of warmth into a design that might otherwise feel stark by complimenting your metals with bright white accents. Think classic pieces that speak to the femininity of a wedding day celebration.

groom wedding cake plate cake plate personalization cake ceremony plate messaging mrs. fork mr. wedding cake fork Newlywed Cake Ceremony Set

mini jar wedding favors

Simple and Smart

Leave no detail behind. From cake top to table top, ensure even the traditional ‘must have’ day of accessories tie into your overall target look.

personalized drink coasters

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packages for Your Bridesmaids

pretty packages

Couple weeks back we shared our two pennies on how to pop the big “will you be my bridesmaid” question to your BFFs and it all went something like this, “Make it sparkle. Make it pretty!”. If you missed the post, check it out {here}. And because we’re total girly girls, we got so caught up in all the fun that we decided to come up with a couple more super sweet ways to show your besties you adore them and can’t see your big day going off without them. And just like with our last post, making it sparkly and pretty was the direction of choice.

Message in  a Bottle

Go for the surprise factor and forgo the usual boxed presentation for a non traditional container that’ll throw her off of what’s inside, a darling monogrammed pendant necklace. And, we love this little glass corked bottle, made all that much more lovely with a touch of lace filler.

bottled-bridesmaid-gift

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will you be my bridesmaid tag

What You’ll Need

diy bridesmaid gift - supplies

Serious {Card} Stock Value

Every girl loves getting a sweet greeting card. Up the value of yours by pairing it with a little bit of bling by way of this gorgeous double heart pendant. And if you’re feeling really festive, pair the presentation with some gold glitter!

bridesmaid greeting card

featured here: new celebration design bridesmaid gift backer card and new heart pendant necklace – coming soon!

bridesmaid gift - necklace bridesmaid stationery will you be my bridesmaid card

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Pop the Big Question (To Your BFFs)

will you be my bridesmaid

He popped the big question. You hollered out an enthusiastic “YES”! The champagne was poured and so now you’re off to the planning board. And what’s one of the first things you’re likely to quickly decide on? The girl crew who’ll stand by your side throughout the whole of your wedding planning  journey. It’s a list of names that will no doubt be made up of childhood friends and close family members, all of which are women you simply can’t live without. Why not take the opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you by making the way you pop your “will you be my bridesmaid” ask something extra special. And when we say special we mean pretty and sparkly of course. Sound like a plan? Then here’s everything you need to make it happen.

Presentation is Key

OK, so the bling is what’s best but don’t overlook how you present it. We’re loving the current trinket tray trend, made that much better when personalized just for her.

vegan leather jewelry trays

personalized white vegan leather jewelry tray

Bring on the Bling

Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend, but so are bracelets, and charms, and chains. Really, you can’t go wrong when it comes to the gift of jewelry.

charm

Let the Card Do the Talking

Complete the look, and the package, with a personalized gift tag that says it all, because chances are you’ll be too choked up to talk.

will you be my bridesmaid tag

bridesmaid gift tag

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xoxo gift tag

will you be my bridesmaid tag – coming soon!

black and golf gift tag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Honeymoon Getaway Bag How-To

honeymoon getaway bags

February to the seasonal calendar is like Wednesday to the work week, something you just got to get through to get to something better. And we’re seriously feeling the need for some warm weather fun right about now. To help us cope with our lack of Vitamin D, we’re planning to surround ourselves with anything and everything vacation related, starting with today’s honeymoon getaway bag how-to. It’s a little bit of “if you build it, it’ll happen.” psychology we’re going for. So without further delay, here’s our three key rules to the perfect vacay swag.

Rule #1. All About The Bag

You want something compact, light weight and of course, super cute. And a touch of gold personalization never hurt anyone.

gold embroidery

Rule #2. Keep It Simple Sweetheart

Don’t over pack. Keep it simple with just the essential fun in the sun accessories.

xo flip flops best day ever flip flops

Rule #3. …And for The Mr.

Remind your guy to bring along his own little travel tote, so that you don’t find yourself lugging his stuff around.

personalized toiletry bag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your BFFs This Valentine’s Day

gifts for her

Last week on the blog we shared some of our top ideas on how to impress your guy this coming Valentine’s day. If you missed the tips, click here. And because we love the idea of also using V-Day as an opportunity to celebrate the amazing ladies in your life, we thought we’d follow up with a post sharing our top pretty picks for ‘her’. Whether it be a simple and sweet gesture of friendship for your closest childhood friend, or timely gifts for your bridal party members as tokens of your appreciation, we say take the day to show your girls some love. Here’s how to treat your besties right.

Gift Pick #1: Girl, You’re Amazing.

Every girl is a sucker for a bit of bling. Give her a place to hold her treasures, complete with a quote that reminds her of just how great she is.

leather jewellery box

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personalized jewellery box gifts for her

Gift Pick #2: Mirror Mirror.

Whoever said a necessity need not be pretty wasn’t a woman! Give her a staple every girl needs, personalized to pretty perfection.

designer compact mirror

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additional designs available here

compact mirror personalized compact mirror gift personalization

Gift Pick #3: The Hell with Heels

A must for any heel lover. A pair of ballerina flats in a personalized pocket pouch, ready to go whenever and wherever the heels need to come off. Because eventually the heels have to come off!

pocket shoes

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personalized pouch gifts for her - flats

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Update Tradition – The New Flower Girl Basket

contemporary flower girl baskets

There are fewer things set to make an appearance at your wedding cuter than a sweet little flower girl. Think white chiffon tutu, bouncy blonde curls, and maybe even a pair of proper pixie wings. Finish off what’s bound to be sheer lovely by arming that cutie with a nontraditional option for her petal basket, fit perfectly to her look and your overall wedding day design. To help you brainstorm the possibilities best suited for you and your day, here are three options we’re currently going “ga ga” over, complete with a DIY to show you how to even further customize the look.

preserved white rose petals

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pink spray rose

faux moss

metal details preserved petals

Rustic Flower Girl Basket How-To – The Supplies

diy rustic flower girl basket supplies

The Step by Step

diy rustic flower girl basket - step 1

Step 1: run a strand of ribbon through the wood veneer sign.

diy rustic flower girl basket - step 2

Step 2: securely and tightly attach the tag to the basket, finishing it off with a bow to one side.

diy rustic flower girl basket - step 3

Step 3: trim down the greenery and rose down to size and tuck them in behind the bow, intertwining them into the wires to help them hold. Make sure you leave enough stem to keep the florals in place, but make them short enough so that they tuck away neatly.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Celebrations – The S’mores Bar How-To

s'mores bar how-to

Between the abundance of chocolate chunks, the melt in your mouth marshmallows, and the savory spiked eggnog, today’s how-to may be our most delicious and decadent post to date. And the timing really couldn’t be any better. Not only is this spread a surefire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding, it also happens to have party perfection written all over it. We’re thinking, happy new year’s indeed. Here’s everything you need to create your own scrumptious s’mores bar.

Comfort Creations

Let’s start with the ultimate must do, shall we. If you’re going to go with a s’mores bar, you just have to give your guests a chance to create their own delicious desserts. The fun’s all in the making after all. Set them up with everything they need, displayed in a set of pretty apothecary jars.

s'mores bar - apothecary jars

Bite Sized Beauties

Have them hit the road with ready made bite sized goodies, perfectly packaged in lovely little bell jars. Favors never tasted this good.

s'mores to go

s'mores favor

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bite sized s'mores

thank you favor tags

featured here: woodland pretty design square favor tag and satin ribbon in willow green

Speaking of Indulgences

No delicious sweet treat should go unaccompanied by an equally indulgent bevy. We highly recommend a spiked eggnog recipe, served up in thought through and personalized glassware.

signature wedding drinks - spiked eggnog

drink garnishes

copper mug

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personalized mason jar mug

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Terrarium Place Markers

diy terrarium place markers

It would be a serious understatement to say that I’m over the moon excited about today’s post. Not only is it a lovely little creative spin on a traditional place card concept, it also happens to be the first exclusive look into the amazing content gracing the pages of the new 2016 Weddingstar magazine. And when I say this is but a tiny glimpse at a mass of unique wedding ideas, all pulled together to help brides everywhere celebrate beautifully, I’m hardly doing the magazine justice. But no need to take my word for it. Take a peek at the cover reveal concluding today’s post and follow the link to get your hands on everything pretty. And in the meantime, here’s how to make these little lovelies.

The Supplies

diy terrarium place marker supplies

The Step by Step

diy terrarium place markers - step 1 and 2

Step 1: pull a small mound of faux moss off the ribbon backer. Using a small paint brush, apply mod podge (or any white all purpose glue) to the base of the bell jar and apply the moss. Leave to let dry.

Step 2: once the moss has set, using your twigs create a tunnel in the center of the mound. Apply a small dab of hot glue to the bottom and quickly insert your twigs. Hold until the glue has set and the twigs are securely in place.

diy terrarium place markers - step 3 and 4

Step 3: once your place card has been written out, using the end of your paintbrush, curl the ends of the card. For an authentic scroll effect, angle your brush and do so in opposite direction on either end.

Step 4: hot glue your scroll card to the twigs.

The End Result

rustic place marker faux moss mini paper scroll bell jar place markers rustic place markers

Want More?

To see the complete Rustic Glam themed setup these markers were a part of, plus 100s of additional inspired wedding ideas designed to help you celebrate beautifully, pick up a copy of the 2016 Weddingstar magazine here.

2016 weddingstar magazine cover xoxo.

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