DIY Wedding Wednesday: Signature Drink Station How-To

signature drink station how to

It’s the holiday season, which just so happens to double as the best time of year to work through some trial runs for your wedding day details. From perfecting place settings, to trying out centerpiece concepts, now’s the time to test and put your ideas to good use. In the spirit of strategic celebrations, today we’re sharing a how-to for a guest treat sure to be a hit at any holiday party or wedding, the Signature Drink Station. Whether you make it a mocktail or a cocktail, sweet refreshments perfectly presented will no doubt be enjoyed by all. Here are all the elements you need to pull off your mini bar.

 The Supplies

signature drink station supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: confirm with your venue that they’ll accommodate a specialty drink request (most will) and ensure that a bartender can be dedicated to servicing your drink station. If you are going with a non-alcoholic beverage you can skip the latter and treat your station as a self-serve option.

Step 2: come up with your signature drink recipe. Go with something that acts as an homage to the two of you, your favorite drink recipe for example, and if possible, have it color coordinate with your overall event color scheme. For our main recipe we went with a simple and delicious mix of cherry vodka and cranberry juice.

Step 3: come up with a name for your signature drink and have customized signage created to display it. We went with an Expressions Cling which fit perfectly onto the dispenser.

Step 4: flash forward to the day of and get set up! The first and main component is of course your drink, which should be featured in your dispenser. You can keep this as a non-alcoholic mix, so that even little ones can enjoy, and have your bartender mix in the alcohol to order. If you’re sure that everyone will enjoy a pre-mixed cocktail, then have all your ingredients added to the dispenser. Finish with ice to keep the mix cool.

paper straws mini martini

Step 5: have a few pre-poured drinks setup as part of the overall presentation. Setup should occur just before the start of your cocktail reception, to ensure drinks are served chilled. Poured drinks should include all the trims, i.e. sugared rims and color coordinated paper straws. Rest should be poured and served to order.

Step 6: enjoy!

A Recipe for the Tasting

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To get your taste buds going, here’s a recipe to test this holiday season.

Sweet Cherry Bliss

To an ice filled martini shaker add:

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Tabletop Details – Burlap Napkin Wraps

diy burlap napkin wraps

There’s a very simple formula to getting gorgeous wedding table settings. Textures + Layers + Florals = Guaranteed Pretty. It’s all about the details and the more of them you pull together, the more jaw-dropping the big picture becomes. Today we’re putting the principle to practice with one core DIY supply, burlap wrap by the roll, pairing it with a range of textured elements to create napkin accents sure to take any table from simple to stunning. And just in case napkin wraps or rings don’t suit your fancy, just slip these lovelies onto a vase or a pillar candle to just as easily incorporate the details into your day.

The Supplies

burlap napkin wrap supplies

the essential supplies:

for a woodland inspired design add:

  • craft paper in three varied shades of green
  • paper punch in a leaf design
  • mini wooden clip  (you’ll need to paint with a natural wood finish to get this exact look)
  • dried eucalyptus

for a shabby chic inspired design add:

for a rustic inspired design add:

Look #1: Naturally Woodland – The Step by Step

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Step 1: punch out several craft paper leaves, a few in each of your three shades. Set aside.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 2 & 3

Step 2 (not shown): measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 3: fold your wrap over in half such that the top becomes rounded while the bottom remains frayed.

Step 4: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (our completed wrap was approximately 5 inches wide) and glue to secure.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 4 & 5

Step 5: glue on a scattering of leaf cutouts to the front of your wrap. Cluster a grouping at the top left and scatter the rest to the right.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 6

Step 6: to finish the look, attach a couple stems of dried eucalyptus by your top left cluster of cutouts, using a mini wooden clip.

The End Result

diy woodland napkin wrap mini wooden clip eucalyptus

Look #2: Layer Upon Shabby Chic Layer – The Step by Step

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 1 & 2

Step 1: measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 2: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (ours was approximately 5 inches wide when complete) and glue to secure.

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 3 & 4

Step 3 (not shown): cut a strand of ruffled fabric ribbon to the same length as your wrap.

Step 4: run a thin layer of glue down the center of the ruffled ribbon and attach it to the center of your burlap wrap.

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Step 5: using 4-5 paper flower petals, layer and glue a completed bloom. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

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Step 6: when dry, glue your completed paper bloom to the left side of your wrap.

The End Result

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Look #3: Rustic Appeal – The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown): create your  napkin wrap by following steps 2 – 4  from the Naturally Woodland wrap outlined above.

Step 2: pull 3-4 threads from a strand of ivory burlap.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 2 - 4

Step 3: tie your loose ivory burlap threads around your napkin wrap.

Step 4: thread through your mini wooden circle slice.

Step 5: secure the slice into place with a double knot, and finish off with a bow.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 6: complete the look by tucking in some dried seeded eucalyptus.

The End  Result

diy rustic napkin wrap mini wooden circle dried seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit us right here for a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Fabulous Flutes

venice gold toasting flute detail

You spent weeks brainstorming the color scheme. Months pouring over Pinterest deciding what design details you’re going to incorporate into your decor. Endless hours sorting through seating plans, menu selections, floral varieties…the list goes on and on. As the day quickly approaches, in all the madness that is the wedding planning process, you may have forgotten one very important thing. In the end your wedding day is ultimately just all about the two of you. And we can think of few better ways to celebrate your love than with a bit of self-indulgence by way of a delicious signature drink in a gorgeous set of flutes. To encourage some personal pampering, here are some of our favorite flute designs paired, like a good wine, with style recommendations to help you select your set. And to end things off, a yummy signature drink recipe to get the weekend started right. Happy Friday!

 

something blue champagne flute

for the traditionalists
something old…something new…
featured here: ‘something blue’ silver plated toasting flutes

something blue flute detail

ring of crystals toasting flutes

for the modern couple
simply sophisticated
featured here: ‘ring of crystals’ toasting flutes

ring of crystals flute detail

crystal stone stemmed flutes

for the fancy girls and boys
a touch of bling
featured here: tube stem with crystal stones toasting flutes

crystal stone stemmed flute detail

venice gold toasting flutes

appreciating the finer things in life
glitz and gold
featured here: venice gold toasting flutes

venice gold toasting flute detail

stacked hearts toasting flutes

for the hopeless romantics
lots of love
featured here: silver plated stacked hearts toasting flutes

stacked hearts flute detail

silver plated and crystal goblets

in love with the classics
old world whimsy
featured here: silver plated and crystal goblets

silver plated and crystal goblet detail

tulip stem toasting flutes

for the minimalists
keeping it simply beautiful
featured here: silver plated tulip stem toasting flutes

tulip stem toasting flute detail

And Now A Toast

Wondering what to fill your glass with? Here’s one of our favorite tasty signature drink recipes.

Wishing everyone a great weekend and a Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends!

xoxo.

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venice gold toasting flute detail

Wedding Planning Tips: Pop Up Photo Booth How-To

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There’s one thing that you definitely don’t want to forget to do on your wedding day, and that’s to have fun! And let’s face it, with the stress of all the planning and the intensity of the emotion that goes into the big day, it’s easy to forget that a wedding day is first and foremost a major celebration. So we thought we’d remind you of all the fun there is to be had by breaking down the how-to of one of our favorite wedding pastimes, the pop up photo booth. And with just three easy steps to get the look, stress won’t be a factor. Time for a good giggle!

Step 1: The Backdrop

The fundamental basis behind any pop up booth is obviously the background setting. Set the stage right by considering both a personalized backdrop option as well as the overall surrounding area. Having both fit to theme will help set the mood for your guests and guarantees the best final images.

photo back drop

Step 2: Provide Props

Encourage the good times with plenty of props for your guests to play around with. Get creative with what you incorporate and make your props fit to theme. Remember to include things for both male and female guests, young and old alike.

diy photo booth props

vintage props

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Step 3: Capture the Moments

No pros required! A pop up photo booth is not for your photographer to man. His or her time is better spent capturing other parts of your day. Besides, you’re guaranteed to get more candid footage if you allow your guests to capture the moments themselves. Just set up a bunch of disposable cameras and let the clicking begin!

Want this Look?

To get your photo booth party started shop the full range of photo booth backdrops and disposable cameras on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: A Twist on a Wedding Classic

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If you’re like me then hearing that a new design twist has been applied to a wedding staple is always reason to perk up and pay attention. Tradition is a lovely thing but the last thing anyone wants, especially for their wedding, is a repeat of what someone else had. As far as I’m concerned, there’s room for personality and customization in every detail of a couple’s wedding day. It’s pretty much a given that your decor, florals, stationery and even your favors will be tailored to your personal taste and style. But why stop there?! I say take your event to the next level and personalize every accessory making an appearance at your wedding.

To get your creative juices flowing, in today’s product showcase I’m saying farewell to the traditional concept of a guest book and saying hello to the ultra personalized alternative, the Wedding Wishing Well. Keeping with the same meaningful keepsake concept that a traditional book gives you, with a Wishing Well you not only get a unique design but it also comes with the added bonus of playing double duty as a great decorative piece for your home after your big day. It’s a win win situation really! For some visual reference (and eye candy), here are my top Wishing Well picks, all Weddingstar exclusives.

For the Love of Travel – The Mini Suitcase

Ideal for the Wanderlust obsessed, or for the vintage lover, the appeal of this guest book alternative  is all in its authentic and pretty details. Faux leather bound edges, a vintage liner and a luggage tag that can be personalized with your initials, come together as the perfect defining accents for this piece. The coordinating novel paper airplane stationery offers up a sweet finishing touch. And even if you favor a traditional guest book concept, the suitcase can be used a pretty little decorative accent for any travel inspired wedding theme.

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guest book alternatives - mini suitcase decor

A Touch of Country – The Country Charm Wooden Wish Box

Let’s call this one rustic country gone modern! Country in its concept and modern in its design, this charming box comes complete with unique features including a white wash finish, metal mesh interior, a sweet little love note and a glass front that can be personalized. Whether used with the coordinating miniature scroll stationery or your own personal custom cards, this option is certain to find a permanent spot in your home after your wedding day. Keep complete with the wishes and display as a decorative accent, or repurpose for something new, like a kitchen accent that holds recipes.

guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box details

guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box

For the Modern Bride – Cubist Laser Cut Wooden Box

If you consider yourself to be a modern bride, an eco-chic bride, or simply one that’s looking to incorporate unique intricate details into her wedding accessories, this one’s for you. With its key feature a sliding front panel in a distinct laser cut design, there’s no getting more detailed than this! Once closed the discrete look lends itself perfectly to act as home decor. To personalize the piece add your initials and a meaningful message, and complete the ‘day of’ look with the coordinating laser embossed stationery.

guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box detail

guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box

Want More Options?

For more wishing well concepts and inspiration check out the Guest Book Alternatives section in the Weddingstar e-catalog or shop the complete guest book alternatives section on weddingstar.com.

If you’d prefer to stick to a traditional guest book, you’re covered! Check out the many options on the wedding guest book section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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