Our Top 25 First Dance Songs

Your first dance as newlyweds is a memorable moment not only for you, but for your guests as well. You want to be sure to pick a song that resembles your relationship. Here is a list of our favorite first dance songs. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect song for you and your S.O.

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photo credit: Gina Dreher Photography

1. Perfect by Ed Sheeran

2. All of Me by John Legend

3. This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies

4. Stand By Me by Ben E. King

5. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

6. Amazed by Lonestar

7. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

8. All On Me by Devin Dawson

9. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

10. Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles

11. Grow Old With Me by Mary Chapin Carpenter

12. I Will by The Beatles

13. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

14. Make You Feel My Love by Adele

15. Marry Me by Train

16. Our Love Is Here to Stay by Billie Holiday

17. The Best Is Yet To Come by Frank Sinatra

18. We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters

19. From This Moment On by Shanai Twain

20. Heaven by Bryan Adams

21. Your Song by Elton John

22. At Last by Etta James

23. No One by Alicia Keys

24. You Are by Lionel Richie

25. First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes

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Style Spotlight: Celebrating the DIY Bride

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame

A DIY-loving bride, along with her like-minded friends, gathered for a creative get-together with Weddingstar ambassador, Lorrie Everitt. Together they created some charming handmade crafts, as well as heartfelt memories, to prep for her rustic wedding.

Pretty Petals and Embroidery

With the creative juices freely flowing and the assistance of many hands, everything from the centerpieces to the guest favors was embellished with the handmade touches. Pretty florals, dried petal confetti, delicate ribbons and crafty embroidery all come together for a one-of-a-kind homespun celebration, brimming over with personality.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame, Rose Gold Glass Jewelry Box

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Featured Above: Vintage Inspired Mason Jar Set in Wire Holder

Sweet Handcrafted Details

While working on the DIY projects, party guests were treated to a boxed lunch, and assorted sweets and tea were served in the prettiest fashion. Versatile acrylic trays, blush pink stemware and out-of-the-ordinary diamond engagement ring chocolates inspired thoughts of romance and helped to add casual elegance to the setting.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Bell Jar With White Fluted Base

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Featured Above: Diamond Ring Ice Cube Tray, Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

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Featured Above: Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

Chalkboard Hand Lettering

No need to be an artist to create a graceful handwritten message on a chalkboard sign or personalized gift tag. We have two DIY chalkboard sign tutorials, which also include downloadable lettering templates to make hand lettering doable for any DIY’er. Whether displayed on an easel or all on their own, these multipurpose chalkboards will get your message across beautifully.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame

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Featured Above: Ornate Chalkboard With Vintage Frame in Antique White

Takeaway Tea

Packaged in an adorable mini mason jar, loose-leaf tea is not only delicious, but it looks pretty too. To match, personalized vintage teacups were included in this darling takeaway for all your tea sipping needs.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Mason Jar With Lid, String of Lights with Light Bulb Wire Cage

Sources:

Creative Direction & DIY Blogs by Lorrie Everitt

Photography by Sara Wilde

Packaging & Party Supplies by Creative Bag

Shot on location at Fox and Fawn Antique Shoppe

Hand Lettering by Jenna Mackintosh from Prose & Fawns Paperie

Florals by Colleen Milne from Petal 2 the Metal

Invitations and Illustrations by Alicia Bint from Alicia’s Infinity

Catering by Andrea Bercovitch-Scaringella at Savoury & Cake

Embroidery Kits by Michelle Galetta from Kiriki Press

Tea by Melissa Lowry from Makeology

Macarons by Zander Rodriguez from Macaronz

Decorative Sugar Cubes by Marnie Lippa from Parties Made Simple

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3 DIY Balloon Ideas

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Looking for a way to liven up your next affair? We have three easy Balloon DIY’s to add a little something extra to your party décor.

Giant Confetti Balloons

 

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Photography By: Fola Lawal Photography

The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Take your balloon and fill it with your tissue confetti. You can add as much or as little as you want.

Step Two:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Three:

Tie your ribbon to the bottom of the balloon. You can use this to tie your balloon down to a balloon weight or to hold while walking down the aisle.

Step Four:

Shake balloon as needed to spread the confetti evenly.

Garland Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Using the string provided with the garland, begin tying the garland on the string. The closer they are the thicker the garland will be to hold. We recommend spacing the garland about 3-5 inches apart.

Step Two:

Once step 1 is complete cut off excess string.

Step Three:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Four:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon and you’ve got yourself a fun décor piece or a great prop for your wedding day photos.

Greenery Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-By-Step

Step One:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Two:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon using twine to keep it in place and you’ve got a sophisticated yet versatile décor piece.

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

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Get the Look – Holiday Celebrations

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The holidays are here and we’re in the mood to deck the halls! Here’s a few of our favorite décor and gift giving ideas that are sure to make any holiday themed celebration merry.

Keep it simple. Add fresh greenery to strings of lights. Package macarons in personalized mason jars. Oh and don’t forget to put out the matching “hugs, kisses & merry wishes” napkins.

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Featured here: battery operated lights with wire cage, “hugs, kisses and merry wishes” personalized mason jar with gold lid, personalized napkins, medium chalkboard on white wood easel, square vases .

 

Gold heart bottle openers are perfect for holiday gift giving and you can use them as gift toppers by tying them onto gift bags using ribbon and fresh greenery.

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Featured here: gold heart with xo bottle opener, vintage style pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand, paper straws.

 

Fill square vases with fresh cut greenery and tied up with pretty ribbons and add hand lettered messages to chalkboards for signage.

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Featured here: medium and large square vases, vintage inspired pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand.

 

Give Santa some love with woodland themed cookies served on an acrylic tray. Serve Santa milk in a mason jar mug or craft beer in a can shaped glass.

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Featured here: square acrylic tray, glass mason jar mug, can shaped glass personalized with “hug, kisses & merry wishes”, personalized coasters, paper straws.

 

Glass jewelry boxes make unique hostess gifts for the holidays. Especially when you fill them with mini holiday cookies as sweet as these ones.

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Featured here: glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, small glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, large chalkboard, battery operated string of lights with wire cage.

 

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Janet KwanPhotography

woodland themed cookies Emma’s Sweets 

 macarons and mini donuts Macaronz 

mini cookies The Teeny Tiny Bakery  

hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs

greenery and wreaths Flower Treasures  

holiday cards  Alicia’s Infinity

holiday gift packaging supplies Creative Bag

creative direction and styling Lorrie Everitt

 

Get The Look – Holiday Entertaining

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends. This year spend less time preparing and more time mingling with guests with these three festive set up ideas.

1. Hot Chocolate And Sweets Bar

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Young or old, everyone loves a hot chocolate bar. Invite guests to help themselves to drinks and sweets. Give the bar a woodland spin with rustic décor items like wood chalkboards, faux antler card holders and birch bark pattern paper straws.

2. Craft Beer And Party Snacks Bar

Set up an area with personalized can shaped glasses and a variety of local craft beers so guests can help themselves. Use candy scoops to serve bar snacks displayed in square glass containers. Display bite size treats on monogram teak serving boards and don’t forget to set out a few bottle openers.

3. Party Favor Set Up

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Send guests home with homemade treats packaged in glass containers and chocolate bars wrapped in gift wrapping paper and displayed on acrylic trays. Turn a shadow box frame into party décor by adding wrapping paper inside and a hand lettered message on the glass.

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

Happy Holidays!

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Styled Shoot Credits:

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography

Hand Lettering: Love Lettering

Florals: Flowerly

cake and sweets Cakelaine

Nutrition Specialist: Simply Nic Nutrition

Craft Beer: Hometown Brew Co.

Handcrafted Dolls: Milo and Ben

Handcrafted Wood Toys: Little Rose & Co

Gift Packaging Supplies: Creative Bag

Creative Direction: Lorrie Everitt

10 Creative Wedding Food & Beverage Bar Ideas

Cocktail bars are one thing, but there are so many other food and beverage bar ideas out there to choose from. Here are 10 creative ideas for your wedding reception!

Beverage Bars

Mimosa Bar

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featured here: Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes/ Sparkle Large Card Table Sign / Apothecary Jar

A mimosa bar is a great idea for weddings that are earlier in the day. Provide your choice of juice, champagne, and fruit for garnish and let your guests create their own mimosas!

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Bar

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featured here : Blackboard-Vintage Frame / Apothecary Jar-Globe Shaped / Apothecary Jar-Bell Shaped / Apothecary Jar-Straight Sided

A coffee and hot cocoa bar is a perfect set up for a winter wedding and a great alternative to alcoholic beverages. Stock the bar with fun add-ins like chocolate and peppermint sticks!

Apple Cider Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame /  Chalkboard Print Personalized SignMoscow Mule Mug / Clear Glass Coffee Mug / Personalized Drink Display Tag

For the chilly fall weather, what better accompaniment than apple cider?! Guests can serve themselves from a beverage dispenser into personalized mugs for a warm treat.

Food Bars

Popcorn Bar

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featured here: Decor Picnic Basket-LargeIkat Large Card Open Format Table Sign / White Wooden Easel

Because who doesn’t love popcorn? Provide different variations with seasonings to spice things up.

Chili Bar

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featured here: Geo Marble Welcome Poster / Geo Marble Flat Place Card / Geo Marble Personalized Burlap Table Runner / Eco Wood Utensils

For something completely different, but sure to be a fan favorite, try serving a delicious and hearty chili. Serve grab-n-go style in individual serving size bowls.

Smores Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame/ Apothecary Jars / Bell Jars 

A sure-fire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding. With everything set up in apothecary jars, your guests will have a blast creating their own delicious desserts. Serve spiked eggnog alongside for an extra treat for the adults!

Candy Bar

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featured here: Apothecary Jars / Speech Bubble Chalkboard Clips / Sweetie Candy Scoop / Paper Favor Bags

Have a sweet tooth? A candy bar is the perfect fit! Great for the kids and the adults!

Pie Bar

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featured here: “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits

Not a fan of cake? Pie is a great alternative option. Serve various types of pie or adorable individual pies for your guests to take home!

Donut Bar

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Donuts at weddings are a new trend that people love!

Dessert Bar

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featured here: Natural Burlap DIY Pennants

If you can’t decide what type of dessert you want, why not serve a variety? Cake, pie pops, tarts, and macarons are just some of the endless options.

Photo Credits:

Coffee & Cocoa Bar: Creative Director-Jen Rios Weddings & Photography by Jillian Zamora Photography

Donut Bar: Creative Styling by Smitten Events & Photography by Paul Behm Photography

Dessert Bar: Styling by Tiffany Events & Photography by Rhythm Photography

 

DIY: To the Moon Paper Lanterns

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Take your guests to the moon and back with party décor that is truly out of this world. Be inspired by this first birthday party for a sweet little astronaut and create your own galaxy of planets using white paper lanterns, tissue paper and paint.

But first, here’s a few details from the party:

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Featured here: medium chalkboard, white wooden easel, large chalkboard

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, 250ml swing top glass square bottle

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Featured: silver half moon jewellery box, white shadow box photo frame

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Featured: white round paper lanterns, silver watermelon round paper lanterns

 

How to make a polka dot moon

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The Supplies

Step by Step

Step  1.  Cut circles from tissue paper using a large paper punch.

DIY Tip for punching tissue – fold tissue so you can punch 4 circles at once. We also recommend sandwiching the tissue paper between two pieces of scrap paper to keep the tissue paper from tearing as you punch.

Step  2.  Attach the tissue paper dots to the lantern using a foam brush and white glue.

Step 3.  Once the glue is competely dry apply a thin layer of glue directly over top of all the tissue paper dots to seal them to the lantern.

 

How to paint a galaxy print

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Supplies

  • White paper lanterns
  • watercolour paints in a range of colours from light to navy blue and black
  • white craft paint
  • large to medium paint brushes for the watercolour paint
  • small paint brush for the craft paint.

Step by Step

Step 1. Using the lightest blue watercolour paint and a large paint brush, paint a few cloud shapes directly on the paper lantern.

DIY Tip – We suggest painting from lightest to darkest colours for the best results.

Step 2. While the paint is still wet add more cloud like shapes with the next second lightest blue right beside the first cloud shapes. You want to overlap the colours slightly so there are no white spaces between colours.

Step 3. Continue adding colours to the lantern in this manner, going darker and darker in colour, until there are no white areas left. You can go over some of the lighter areas of the lantern at the end to make it darker if you find the colours too light or washed out.

Step 4. Allow the watercolour paint to dry completely before going onto this step. Using the small paint brush and white white acrylic paint add clusters of white dots all over the lantern to represent tiny stars.

DIY Tip –  Vary the sizes of the white dots and use the lantern close up for guidance.

 

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Credits:

Photographer/ Party Planner/ Stylist: Janet Kwan | Janet Kwan Photography | @janetkwan

Hand Lettering Artist: Doris Wai | Love Lettering | @lovelettering_doriswai

Watercolour Illustrator: Karen Wong Chiu | Oh My Inspired | @ohmyinspired

Cake and sweets: Tiffany Su | Made With Love |@madewithlove.bytiffany

DIY projects: Lorrie Everitt | Lorrie Everitt Studio | @lorrieeveritt

 

If you use the paper lanterns for your party, shower or wedding we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us at @weddingstar.

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5 Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Not every bride wants the traditional bachelorette party outing, so we’ve put together a list of alternative ways to celebrate with your bff’s!

1. Spa Day/Weekend

Wedding planning can be stressful, so what better way to unwind than to head to the spa for the weekend with your girls! If a spa weekend is a bit too pricey for your budget you can always host a spa day/evening. Have the girls over for pedis & manis, do facials and just relax!

2. Beach or Cabin Getaway

Renting a cabin or beach house for the weekend with your closest friends is a great way to bond and for the bridal party to get to know each other if they don’t already. Relax, hit the beach, watch sappy romance movies and play board games are just some of the fun activities to plan for the perfect getaway.

3. Day Outing

If you’re not up for hitting the town at night and going out to a club, why not have a girls day? Go shopping during the day and end the night with dinner and a couple of drinks.

4. Wine Tour

For those who enjoy a glass of wine here and there and live near wineries, why not do a wine tour or tasting? It’s a beautiful way to spend the day and a lot of fun!

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5. Amusement Park

If you love amusement parks and rides, why not incorporate that into your day. If the amusement park is out of town but still close, make it a road trip weekend!

As long as you’re surrounded by your closest friends and doing something you enjoy, your bachelorette party will be the best time ever!

Products seen in this post can be found on www.weddingstar.com or by clicking on the links below:

Bachelorette Party Headband-“Bride”

Bachelorette Party Headband- “Bridesmaid” 

Personalized Silky Kimono Robes

Personalized Glassware

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DIY: Add an Ombre Effect to Muslin Favor Bags

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Fabric drawstring bags make packaging favors a breeze. Today we’re going to show you how to dress up these muslin favor bags by adding a pop of color to match your wedding, shower or party.  The ombre effect on these bags was achieved by using gel food coloring as a fabric dye.

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The Supplies

The Step by Step

Step 1. Dilute the gel food coloring with water to create a fabric dye.

Step 2. Using bag (b) as a guide, paint the bottom half of the bag and allow to dry completely.

Step 3. To create the light to dark ombre effect, you will need to add several layers of fabric dye. See bag (c). Allow the bag to dry completely before adding more dye. The color will become darker as you add more layers of dye.

Tip: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

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These DIY ombre painted muslin favor bags were created for a baby shower. The pink area of the bags were revealed as guests removed the favors from the display box as a surprise party element.

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featured here: heart glitter muslin drawstring favor bag, love plates, gold foil jumbo party confetti, chalkboard signs, black chalkboard paper table runner

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We’d love to see your DIY wedding and party projects using Weddingstar products. Post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them!

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Styled baby shower shoot vendors:

Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Hand lettering by Love Lettering

Flowers by Flowerly

Baked Goods by Cakelaine

Embroidered Raccoon by Kiriki Press

Shot at the Noble Crafthouse

Packaging supplies from Creative Bag

DIY projects and creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

Style Spotlight: Modern Wilderness Baby Shower

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby! Today we’re sharing some creative ways to use Weddingstar products for a baby shower. Boy or girl, it really doesn’t matter with this Modern Wilderness styled party collaboration. It’s easy to get the look by combining simple black and white graphics with pops of color and whimsical woodland elements.

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The Details:

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Featured here: love acrylic cake topper and sippers candy striped paper straw

This “love” acrylic white cake topper was given a whimsical modern look by adding a black and white candy striped paper straw.

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Featured here: sippers candy striped paper straws, chalkboard signs, miniature faux antler stationery card holder, baker’s twine

Candy striped paper straws can be both decorative and functional when you add them to sweet treats like these chocolate dipped rice crispies. Hand lettered chalkboard signs are displayed on mini faux antler card holders that were mounted onto small wood slices.

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Featured here: birch bark printed paper straws, personalized mason jar drinking glasses

Oh baby! Personalized mason jars can be used as drinking glasses or to hold paper straws and cutlery on a sweets table.

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Featured here: party time printed napkins, black chalkboard paper table runner, gold foil jumbo party confetti

Use decorative scissors or paper edge punches to add an unexpected edging detail to plain paper table runners.

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Featured here: large chalkboard sign, baker’s twine

Drill holes in chalkboards and add baker’s twine so they can be hung up.

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Featured here: paper lanterns, watermelon round paper lanterns, 17″ large love balloons , gold foil jumbo party confetti

What’s a party without balloons and paper lanterns? Plain white paper lanterns are embellished with black and gold tissue paper polka dots for a little pattern play. Some of these paper lanterns and hand lettered chalkboards could be used as decorations in the nursery after the party.

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, love plate set, gold heart muslin drawstring favor bags, large chalkboard and large wood easel

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Stay tuned in July for the DIY tutorial on how to add a pink ombre detail to these gold sparkle heart muslin drawstring favor bags.

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Featured: Cake serving set, matte gold toggle charm bracelet with gem stone charm

 

Modern Wilderness Baby Shower Collaboration by

Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Cake and Sweets by Cakelaine

Floral arrangements by Flowerly

Handlettering by Love Lettering

Boxes and packaging supplies Creative Bag

Handmade Makers Milo & Ben, Kiriki Press, Little Rose and Co, The Teepee Store, Sweetie Pie Design Co, Gotamago

Location Nobel Crafthouse

Creative Direction and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

 

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