Asking My Dream Team

I'll be honest – I was pretty nervous about asking my bridal party (or “Dream Team” which I think better describes this group of women!) to be in my wedding. Being in someone’s wedding is a big commitment. It’s time, money and labor intensive. So I wanted to ask them in a way that they knew I wasn’t taking this lightly. But I also didn’t want it to be too time, money or labor intensive for me either! After scouring the internet, I came across an article about Dylan Lauren’s bridal shower and loved the little favors that were given out to guests.

Credit: Ring Box

I thought this would be a great favor to propose with to my bridal party! After several hours (yes several hours) looking for the boxes online, visiting a few different Walgreen’s to find Ring Pops, and buying some ribbon to put around the box (this project turned out to be a little more time intensive than I thought!) I began my little craft project. Thankfully I ordered more boxes than I needed because getting the ring to stay inside the box was more challenging than I expected (I will reiterate, I am NOT Martha Stewart). But after several unsuccessful attempts, I finally got it down.

I also wanted to include a cute note card so I could write individual notes to each friend expressing exactly why I wanted them in my bridal party. I wanted something fun and slightly irreverent. For me, the word “bridesmaid” is a bit antiquated and stuffy. So I wanted to find something that added some levity to this years-old tradition. So off to Etsy I went.

I loved the gold elements of this card and the playful prose. But I hadn’t 100% decided on the bridesmaid dresses (post to come on this!), so I didn’t want to make any promises I couldn’t keep.

Credit: Note Card

I also loved this card and that you could customize hair color.

Credit: Note Card

But I have eight bridesmaids, and this card limited it to six.

Finally, I came across this one and loved it.

Credit: Note Card

It has the beautiful gold font and envelopes (gold is one of our colors). And I loved the slightly irreverent tone – perfect to add some levity to my mission (it comes in both lavender and pink!).

And here is the end product.

I found some gold bags and replaced the handles with a more appropriate ribbon (it came with bright yellow) and put the ring boxes inside.

Again, nothing big, just a fun little favor to give to these women who mean so much to me.

Thankfully, everyone said yes! And I truly feel like I will have the most amazing Dream Team standing by my side on my wedding day. I know they will make me laugh when I am on the verge of a meltdown or keep me calm when I am stressing about something ridiculous. I couldn’t imagine my day without them!

How did you ask your Dream Team? Please share below - I am dying to know!

Mini Pies + Mini Pie Makers {Awesome}

I was so so obsessed with making mini pies for my wedding. I wanted to have little pie favors for each guest seeing as I am a major pie maker and obsessor. The reason I switched from pies to jam near the end of the planning was because of the logistics. I really couldn't figure out how to make 100 mini pies a few days before the wedding and have it actually work out, not to mention look good! So my excitement of the day came when I found this little thing that would literally solve my problems. (Good thing I am 6 months late in finding this and the wedding has long past. Maybe for the vow-renewal?)

First, I will show some of my faves in the pie department. I can't get enough.

Credit: Mini Pies on Display, Mini Pie Favors, Mini Pie Flavors, Pies with Forks, Mini Mini Pies, Pie Dessert

So why am I so excited? Because this little $25 mini pie maker device would have saved me lots and lots of trouble and maybe I would have actually gone through with my original plans! A mini-pie maker! AHHHH. I'm in love. Or you could go with the Breville Mini Pie Maker version found at William Sonoma for $99.

Oh and if you are a fan of mini pies on a stick (and who isn't a fan of mini-mini pies!) They even have something to make that job a WHOLE lot easier.

Mini pie-on-a-stick maker!

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Cookies in a Jar {A Fabulous How-To}

Yesterday you caught wind of the fashion I hosted this past weekend. Today I wanted share the favor we made for the VIP guests at the event. This was actually one of the million wedding favor ideas that I wanted to do but had decided against at one point or another. Since I knew I wasn't going to be doing it, I thought the fashion show would be a perfect place for this super adorable spring favor!

Here are some inspiration pics first of all!

So cute right?? I know, I love them. We decided to do chocolate chip cookies because it seemed pretty easy. We added the dry ingredients of the cookies to a little mason jar and topped it with some majorly adorable paper products that Ian whipped up!

They turned out to be a huge hit, and everyone let me know how fun and creative the idea was. It made the VIPs feel like they really got something awesome and it definitely fit in perfectly with the spring/garden look.

After making these, I realized how extremely cute these would be for a wedding. I also found out that they are super easy and actually pretty cheap too! So, if you want the gritty details of the how-to, then you should read on.

We got 8 ounce jars and cut the cookie recipe in half. It actually fits perfectly.

We started with 1 1/8 cup of flour at the bottom. I suggest forming it a bit to create a pyramid with the flour, that way most of the jar doesn't look white.

Next is 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I ended up having the perfect ladle that fit right in the jar so I could push the ingredients down. This made a hold in the center of the brown sugar, but pushed it up on the sides which gave the jar a bit more color.

Next is 1/3 cup of white sugar. If you use a ladle for the brown sugar then most of the white sugar will be in the hole so won't be able to be seen from the outside of the jar. All you end up seeing is a really little layer of white sugar which is the perfect balance of white and brown.

From there you fill chocolate chips up to the top! About 1/2-3/4 cups.

And you're done!

In the end I think it cost about $1.50-$2.00 per person. Most of these products are pretty expensive in a regular grocery store, so take note of these money-saving tips!

Get the mason jars and brown sugar at Walmart. I've never been into a Walmart, but it was the only place that I could actually find what I needed! First of all, the brown sugar was like $2 for the good C&H brand. In the grocery store, the same bag is $3.49. I needed about 6 bags for 60 mason jars. Also, the mason jars were $6 for 12 jars. I later found the same exact jars at OSH for $10.

Get the chocolate chips and flour at Costco. We got a 25 pound bag of flour for $5! Insane deal. The chocolate chips were more expensive at $9 a bag. I needed 3 bags for 60 jars.

As a note, if you are going to be putting these in the sun, I recommend maybe doing M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. They melt really fast!

Oh and as far as the paper products go, you can find someone on Etsy or just contact me and we can make you some of the tops and "how to bake" instruction tags!

So there you have it! I really want to see someone do these. Let me know if you are planning on doing these astute favors or if you already have!

Pie Favors

I have said before that I want to do apple pies as my wedding favors. I mean, look how cute these are! Source: Martha Stewart, Finsihing Touches Event Design, Elizabeth Anne Designs

Now the next question is, how do I display these lovelies?? I actually really like the idea of doing a dessert table type design but putting all the favors there instead. Since the pies are fairly large, it would fill up literally a whole table of cake plates and cupcake tiers.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

I am going to add a really cute little "thank you" tag on each :) I think that would be so cute. The only issue I see with these is, how are people going to bring them home?? Obviously they aren't going to eat them right then...well, I hope not! But, you can't just put a pie in your purse and walk out the door!

So I had two thoughts on this. I could display the cakes on a dessert type table like the above and make a 3 tiered cute cake looking thing out of the mini to go boxes like the ones below. Then all the cakes on the tiers could have those super cute flags below and I could even make a few different types of pie (maybe pumpkin, and pecan or another berry one??). The tags could say "Apple" on one side and "Thank You" on the other! That would be such a cute little addition actually. When they are ready to leave they can pack away their pie in the to go box, but I will still get to do the whole epic display that I want!

The other option is making the little folded pie and putting it in a box. I could organize the boxes in a 3 tiered cake thing as well.

The first idea is better right?

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Twig and Thistle, Emerald Green Weddings

Ok-such a cute idea right? I have to say that it is going to be A LOT of work....but it's probably so worth it!

Tori Spelling’s Inspiring Event (Yellow, Gray and White!)

Today I am showing off a bit of inspiration from Tori Spelling & Dean Mcdermotts’s vow renewal ceremony. There were a few things about this event which really caught my eye! First of all, it is imperative to know that I am beyond obsessed with the Gray, White and Yellow color combo! Seeing this just made my day because when someone does this color combo well, it is just a non-stop love fest. First of all, I LOVE this photo area with a typewriter for all to express their love! :) There is a shed space at my venue which is really ugly. This would be a really good solution to covering up that wall, and it is such a great idea! Plus I would love to give people a chance to type something if they so wish.

Cutest favors ever! Just darling! I bought a few of these trays but with a zebra print bottom. I was going to place all the favors or the place cards in them which I feel would be a great touch. I know it will work because Tori Spelling already did it!

That sign they made is just darling! Ok, I'll stop giving you all the spoilers and let you take a look for yourself! Enjoy!

Source: Kiss the Groom

Newest Inspirations

Source: SMP, MSW, SMP With my venue pretty much in place, I am now starting to visualize an ACTUAL wedding, with actual decor in an actual space. This is quite an exciting part because I can start creating a space, and get into the details!

In one of the first posts I wrote, I disclosed my interesting wedding colors including a slight hint of zebra print! I have never found any zebra incorporated in a wedding until I saw that top photo on Style Me Pretty. The zebra fabric as part of the centerpiece is one of the things I was planning on doing. My centerpiece will be a lot different than that, but doesn't it look awesome with just a touch of zebra on the table??

As far as the favors, this is another thing I have always wanted to do-pie! In a nutshell, my grandma made some incredible apple pie. Every family get-together would include this apple pie of hers and it was always a family favorite (and every time it was highly requested.) Before she passed away I went over to her house and she taught me her techniques of the recipe and her little additions. I then sort of became the "pie person" at that point. I think it would be very cool if I made little pies as the favor for each guests in honor of my grandma :) (The downside-I am making all the pies! eeks) I would tie it with some baker's twine and a little personalized tag! Ador.

I want to do something really simple with the centerpieces, and those white flowers seem like a good idea! They have taken over as my favorite flower. But ranunculus is still pretty high on my list!

The first draft of the centerpieces are almost finalized. I am going to create a mock-up and then I will post those! How about you guys?? Any little details you are so excited about??

Some Fresh Centerpieces


Here are some centerpieces that I really like!

I love the idea of a tray with the numbers leaning against a vase. Plus there is a lot going on in that centerpiece but they all seem to come together!

I want to do do pie favors. My grandma's staple was the apple pie and she taught me all her tricks to making the perfect apple pie. I have sort of taken over this, so I feel like this would be a meaningful favor for guests (not to mention adorable and yummy!) I also thought about doing big square vases too, so I love this tablescape!